Safakadal localities blame legislator
Mohammad Imran Naikoo
Srinagar: The residents of Malik Sahib and several other localities in Safa Kadal area are resenting the lack of amenities in the area, and blame the local legislator for ignoring the development issues.
The inhabitants of Gassi Mohalla, Janghir Mohalla, Chai Dub, Danamazar, Malik Sahib, Chan Mohalla and Haft Yarbal said that they have been discriminated on developmental front by the goverment. They alleged that the “ill-planed execution” of various schemes have not benefited them.
A group of resident led by Mohamad Ashraf Malik said that they have been neglected by the local legislator.
“We have been ignored for years on developmental front. Our pleas to various governments have fallen on deaf ears and we continue to suffer. So when it comes to development, it could well be dubbed as backward. The NC MLA has proved a disaster for us,” Ashraf said.
Mehraj din Baba, a resident of Dana Mazar said that two community halls coming up at Gasi Mohalla and Noorbagh are pending for the last eight years.
“Link road between Janghir Mohalla and Safakadal via Gasi Mohalla is in absolute shambles with potholes all over the road. We brought this serious issue before our MLA and SMC department, but no step has been taken so far,” said Mehraj din.
Manzoor Ahmad Khanday, a resident of Gassi Mohalla also lamented about the condition of roads in the area.
“We are facing tremendous problems because of dilapidated roads – both main and link roads. There is another link road on outer side from Janghir Mohalla to Poshi Masjid that is also dilapidated and not macadamized. We appeal authorities to look into the issues,” said Khanday.
He added that the locality along the Jehlum banks “don’t have electricity service wires and water pipelines”.
Inhabitants of Chai Doab complained of blocked and overflowing drains, and said the water from the drain had entered several shops.
Ghulam Mohammad Wani, president of a local mosque at Chai Doab said that water logging due to blocked drains in the locality makes it impossible for people to walk.
“People prefer to stay indoors. Whenever there is even a little rain the area gets submerged. So we appeal to the government and concerned officials to look into the matter and solve the problem as early as possible,” Wani said.
While many residents blamed the local legislator for ignoring the issues facing them, legislator Eidgah, Mubarak Gul, under whose constituency the area falls, blamed the government instead.
“People should not be angry with me. Instead, they should be angry with the government who ignored my constituency,” Gul told Kashmir Reader.
He said that he had raised the issues in the Assembly often, but the government did not release the funds.
“If government ignored us again this year, we will protest by surrounding the secretariat along with my workers and we will sit on a hunger strike,” Gul said.